Poetry

English Year 2 Spring Poems on a Theme

Monster Poems

Using Poems about Monsters, children enjoy reading, discussing and writing poems about monsters. Revise grammatical terminology and expand noun phrases.

Start with the core unit to introduce key texts. Then select from comprehension, SPAG and composition units.

Core
Unit 1 Core Unit: Read and compare poems about monsters
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Texts
It’s Behind You! Monster Poems by Paul Cookson and David Harmer

Poems
All by David Harmer:
It's Behind You!
Next Door
Phew!
A Million Muddy Monsters

The Beast from the Deep Abyss by Paul Cookson
There are Gribbles by Paul Cookson

SPAG
Unit 2 SPAG: Use different forms of sentence
(suggested as 4 days)

You Will Need

Texts
It’s Behind You! Monster Poems by Paul Cookson and David Harmer

Poems
(All in resources)
Question Time by Michaela Morgan
Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf by Roald Dahl
When the Dinosaur Came to Stay by Martyn Wiley

Presentations
SPAG PowerPoint: Different Forms of Sentence

Comprehension
Unit 3 Comprehension: Reading and understanding poems
(suggested as 3 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Texts
It’s behind You! Monster Poems by Paul Cookson and David Harmer

Poems
Watch Your Teachers Carefully by David Harmer (see resources)
Teachers After Dark by David Harmer
Get You by Brian Morse (see resources)
The Midnight Sprite by Daisy Cookson and Paul Cookson
Monsters at the Door by David Harmer
Worse Than Half a Maggot by Paul Cookson
Be Wary of the Werewolf Wild by Michaela Morgan (see resources)
The Snow Monster by John Foster
The Grumposaurus by Brian Moses (see resources)
Other poems (see resources)

Group Readers
In Every Corner by Ruth Merttens and Anne Holm Petersen

Group Readers

In Every Corner
There are friendly monsters hiding in the corners of this delightful book getting up to all sorts of things. This lovely story provides opportunities for looking at rhyme and a range of sentence punctuation.

You can purchase printed copies of this Group Reader from Hamilton Education.

SPAG
Unit 4 SPAG: Expanded noun phrases
(suggested as 3 days)

You Will Need

Texts
It’s Behind You! Monster Poems by Paul Cookson and David Harmer

Poems
The Glamdrack by Robin Mellor (see resources)
The Alien by Julie Holder (see resources)
The Truth About the Abominable Footprint by Michael Baldwin (see resources)

Presentations
SPAG PowerPoint: Expanded Noun Phrases

Group Reader
In Every Corner

Group Readers

In Every Corner
There are friendly monsters hiding in the corners of this delightful book getting up to all sorts of things. This lovely story provides opportunities for looking at rhyme and a range of sentence punctuation.

You can purchase printed copies of this Group Reader from Hamilton Education.

Composition
Unit 5 Composition: Write own monster poem based on those read
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Texts
It’s Behind You! Monster Poems by Paul Cookson and David Harmer

Poems
The Secret Monster by David Harmer
What Is It? by David Harmer